In her debut poetry collection 'Requite', Malaika Kegode's lens is on people, the ones that speak to us through music and books, those both real and imagined, as she shines a light on loneliness and the sometimes unbearable burden of love and being loved. It is a love letter to the testament of humanity and the patchwork of people that make up our lives. Her gently crafted style is tender, astute and unfalteringly humane as she blends the mundane, everyday rituals of brewing tea and watching TV with the vast subjects of love, loss, growth and rebirth.
Growing up the most (reluctantly ) 'exotic 'girl in a quiet Devon town, Malaika Kegode cut her teeth as a poet and performer opening for bands in music venues such as Exeter Cavern and LeftBank. Sometimes in trepidation but usually winning the audience's attention with her beguiling delivery. Since those beginnings she has gone on to work closely with organisations such as Apples and Snakes, Roundhouse, BBC 1Xtra and is a member of the Raleigh Road Collective, formed as part of 1Xtra's Words First initiative. Malaika has performed around the country at theatres, music venues literary events and festivals such as WOMAD and Boomtown. She inspires young people as a workshop facilitator. Currently living in Bristol where she feels happily less 'exotic' she is creator and host of Milk Poetry a regular thriving event in the city.